Offense: Using Racial Slurs
How To: Just be an impressionable and ignorant kid—and make sure the cameras are rolling.
This one was pretty easy for Justin Bieber, who was caught in a controversy after a video surfaced of the singer, then-15, making an offensive and tasteless joke using the n-word.
He made it clear he was just repeating a joke he had heard from someone else—but you have to give him some credit… he was able to offend the masses with less than 10 words.
Keep up the good work, kid. In the world of celebrity controversies, you’re clearly going places!
He has since apologized, saying, “As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can be hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs.”
There were a lot of celebrity apologies sent out this week… But before you can master the "totally-sincere-and-not-at-all-scripted" apology, you have to make sure you really know how to get people going!